Workshop helps keep seniors SAFE from scams

Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Crestview Police Department spokesman Lt. Andrew Schneider reports the "grandma scam" is still prevalent in the north county area.

"That telephone scam is still around," Schneider said. "We've had a few calls about it floating around."

Senior citizens, family members and caregivers attending the Operation S.A.F.E. Be Scam Smart workshop on Wednesday can learn how to spot such crimes and fight identity theft.

The workshop, rescheduled from January due to the ice storm, is sponsored by area law enforcement agencies and state officials.

Operation S.A.F.E. — Stop Adult Financial Exploitation — is a part of Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater's On Guard for Seniors initiative.

The free workshop is presented by Atwater's state Department of Financial Services, the Crestview Police Department, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, and state Rep. Doug Broxson's office.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Operation SAFE/Be Scam Smart Workshop

WHO: For senior citizens, families and caregivers

WHEN: 10-11:30 a.m. June 4. Registration begins 9 a.m.

WHERE: Warriors Hall in the Whitehurst Municipal Building, 201 Stillwell Blvd., at Industrial Drive, Crestview

REGISTER: www.MyFloridaCFO.com/SAFE or 877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236).

Email News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at brianh@crestviewbulletin.com, follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian or call 850-682-6524.

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